Resident Life: Introduction
R4: Paul Saladino    |   R3: April Hunziker    |   R2: Monica Samelson    |   R1: Ritika Batajoo    |    Idaho Track: Uday Aloka
Resident Life
Paul Saladino
Fourth Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"This one is easy; UW provides the unique combination of a high powered academic residency with supportive faculty and a flexible environment set amongst the grandeur of mountains and the ocean. Work- life balance is something that is very important to me.  Having the ability to spend an afternoon on the slackline or at the bouldering gym and weekends in the mountains skiing or at the coast chasing the perfect wave provide a chance to recharge the batteries and good stories with which to regale my co-residents.  This combination of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the excellent faculty here has made my residency experience superlative, thus far.  I have found my co-residents and attending physicians to be intelligent, driven and eager to teach. Come join us and see for yourself! I’ll save you a spot in the lift line at Alpental.”

Education

BS Chemistry/Biology, College of William and Mary
MSHS, Physician Assistant, George Washington University
MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Surfing of course! Wind is a bit more but still some fun waves! Pack up the car and head back to Seattle.
Evening:   Unpack the adventure mobile, make some dinner, relive the memories of a great weekend and think a bit about the week to come!
Monday
Morning:   Wake up, pack food for the day, hop on the light rail and head to UW for transplant clinic. See patients there for the morning before jumping back on the light rail and heading to the VA for the afternoon (Use the electric skateboard to connect points on the light rail!).
Afternoon:   See patients in the mental health clinic at the VA, many of whom are patients I’ve been seeing for the last year, previously in the primary care mental health integration clinic.
Evening:   Head to Seattle Bouldering project after work to fine tune the handstand, work on some boulder problems and get into the sauna. Ride home on the onewheel (aforementioned electric skateboard), make dinner and crash.
Tuesday
Morning:   Ride the light rail to UW and head to continuity clinic at Roosevelt. See patients for CBT, supportive therapy, medication management of Bipolar DO and anxiety this morning. Head outside for lunch, sun!!
Afternoon:   Continue seeing patients and meet with supervisors to review cases. Head home with a stop at the gym along the way. Bump into other residents there and catch up about happenings.
Evening:   Head to Seward park for walk with a friend, take in the sunset and jump in Lake Washington on a dare!
Wednesday
Morning:   See patients at Harborview in the IBIS clinic followed by lunch outside.
Afternoon:   Transition to nursing home visits with Dr. Snowden in the downtown Seattle area. Finish up and work and head to Fremont to hop aboard my friend’s boat for the “Duck Dodge” boat races”.
Evening:   Sail around Lake Union while trying not to crash into other sailboats! Raft up after the races and spend the evening carousing with other sailors on the lake before heading home later. Summer evenings on the water in Seattle are hard to beat!
Thursday
Morning:   Didactics at UW. Interesting lectures this morning on neuroscience and neuroanatomy.
Afternoon:   Supervision to review cases and then done early. Take advantage of the free time to read a book outside before heading to the gym.
Evening:   Make dinner with friends and talk about plans for next year! Can’t believe residency is almost done! Surf report is looking good for the weekend!!
Friday
Morning:   Sleep in a bit on the research day. Go the the gym early and sauna before heading home and working on my planned didactics for R3s regarding methylation pathways in connection with psychiatric disorders. Biochemistry is so cool!
Afternoon:   Lunch outside in the sun. After making great progress on the didactics powerpoint decide to take the afternoon off and put up the slackline.
Evening:   Pack the truck and drive to the beach for a weekend of surfing. Fall asleep in the truck excited to get into the ocean in the morning.
Saturday
Morning:   Up early to catch the best waves when the wind is mellow. On goes the wetsuit and into the ocean I go. Fun session, see friends in the parking lot and catch some rays.
Afternoon:   Post up at a coffee shop and do a bit of work on business plan for the private practice after residency. Check the surf again- looks like it’s shaping up.
Evening:   Second surf session of the day! Then sit by a campfire with the surf buddies and crash feeling tired in the best way.

Clinical Rotations

Monday: UW transplant service/VA mental health clinic

Tuesday: UW continuity clinic

Wednesday: IBIS/NH visits HMC

Wednesday: Continuity outpatient clinic at the UW

Thursday: Didactics/supervision

Friday: research day

Career Goals

"I am interested in connections between nutritional biochemistry and chronic disease, especially as this relates to mental health.  The gut microbiome certainly appears to influence our mood states and as this influence becomes better understood I believe it will provide new insight into potential strategies for treatment of psychiatric disorders. I plan to create an outpatient Functional Medicine Psychiatric practice after residency which will incorporate these approaches with the hope of beginning to address mental health illness at a place closer to its biochemical roots."

Average Weekly Hours

  • Approximately 45 hours per week

Night and Weekend Duty

10 calls per 6 month call cycle, mix of  training call with junior residents and solo call, spread across all 3 clinical sites (VA, UWMC, HMC)

 

Resident Life
April Hunziker
Third Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I came to UW Psychiatry after spending two years in OBGYN residency. I witnessed the sequelae of trauma and mental illness and wanted to intervene in a meaningful way, but my environment was not conducive to this. Going through a significant career change is challenging, and it was very important to me to find a Psychiatry program in which I would be fulfilled both professionally and personally. I did my undergraduate work and medical school at UW. I trust the academic prowess, and recognize it as an outstanding research institution. I also cannot overstate the importance of working in a supportive environment, in which patients and physicians thrive, and UW provides this. All that the city of Seattle and the region has to offer is a remarkable bonus! There are countless hikes to keep you busy. We even have a few ‘beaches’ and our waters are beautiful for kayaking and paddle boarding. Thanks to the comradery and support in our program I’ve been able to carry on my basic residency duties and begin work on a research project, and I still have time to spend with my family and friends. After completing a year here I can honestly say I remain extremely thankful to be a part of this program, and I have not doubted my decision for a moment!”

Education

BS, Microbiology, University of Washington
MD, University of Washington

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Eat at home or out to breakfast w/my daughter
Afternoon:   Coffee at Alki beach or a light hike at Lincoln park. Maybe a swim in the saltwater pool and a stop at the playground and wading pool for my daughter. Or do nothing which is often my preference on Sundays!
Evening:   Dinner and reading with my daughter, Netflix and chill
     
Monday
Morning:   Addictions Treatment Center at the VA
Evening:   Gym, dinner and reading with my daughter, study, tea and bed
     
Tuesday
9am-3pm:   Telepsychiatry at the VA
Evening:   Take daughter to swimming lessons, then dinner and reading with my daughter, study, tea and bed
     
Wednesday
Morning:   Continuity Clinic at the VA for CBT & psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy
Evening:   Dinner and reading with my daughter, study, tea and bed
     
Thursday
8am-12pm:   Didactics at UW
1pm-5pm:   Meet w/ psychoanalytic and CBT supervisors, research supervisor when needed
Evening:   Daughter to swimming lessons, then dinner and reading with my daughter, study, tea and bed
     
Friday
8am-5pm:   Intake and Brief Intervention Service (IBIS Clinic) at Harborview. IBIS is a short-term clinic designed for evaluation and acute stabilization, and residents primarily do psychiatric intakes, medication management and brief interventions as long-term care is being arranged for the patients. Diagnostic spectrum is broad and fascinating. Many of our patients are recently discharged from our psychiatric emergency services department or from out inpatient psychiatric unit.
Evening:   Gym, dinner and reading with my daughter, study, tea and bed
     
Saturday
Morning:   Eat at home or out to breakfast w/ my daughter
Afternoon:   Coffee at Alki beach or a light hike at Lincoln park. Maybe a swim in the saltwater pool and a stop at the playground and wading pool for my daughter.  
Evening:   Dinner and reading with my daughter, Netflix and chill OR out with friends!
     

Clinical Rotations

VA Addictions Treatment Center
VA Telepsychiatry
VA Long-term Continuity Clinic
Harborview Intake and Brief Intervention Clinic


Career Goals

"I see myself working in an academic center, spending time on inpatient service, consult-liason service and in psychiatric emergency services. I am interested in telepsychiatry as well and am doing an elective this year to become accustomed to it. Within telepsychiatry I would specifically like to provide perinatal general psychiatry and addiction services to underserved areas. I am considering a fellowship in consultation liason or addictions but I am undecided at this time."

Average Weekly Hours

  • Approximately 45 hours per week

Night and Weekend Duty

Roughly 20, 12-hour weekend or holiday shifts (some of which is home calls) spread over the year

 

Resident Life
Monica Samelson
Second Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I knew very early on in the interview process that I was drawn to a big academic program – the opportunities for meeting lots of new people with lots of different ideas was a must-have on my list, and on top of that UW also offers experts in a broad range of fields, a history of being at the forefront of progress, the backdrop of Seattle, and the venerable and unparalleled institution of Harborview. I knew this would be a place of paramount learning and growth for me.”

Education

BS Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics with a minor in Linguistics, Illinois Institute of Technologyy
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning: After enjoying my morning coffee and favorite breakfast on the porch, I go on a long run around Greenlake.
Afternoon and evening:   I spend the afternoon doing some inbox clean-up and getting into my novel, then make a big dinner with my partner that'll last us throughout the week.
Monday
Morning and afternoon:   We get sign-out from the night resident before 8am and round with the whole -- big! -- Harborview consult team shortly after. This is a busy service, so each resident has a few follow-ups to see, and I check in on my catatonic patient on the surgical service along with a few others. In the afternoon I spend some time working on two new consults -- one for decisional capacity and one for suicidal ideation.
Evening:   I sign out to the cross cover resident around 5pm and get home to enjoy leftovers and snuggle the cats. My partner and I watch an episode of Westworld.
Tuesday
Morning and afternoon:   Today is busy on the consult service with a few follow-ups and new consults to see before the afternoon. One of my consults is pretty complicated, requiring some careful discussions with the primary team and our behavioral expert to be sure that a patient gets the best care we can provide.
Evening:   I stay a bit late today finishing up some paperwork with Washington's court system, but am still home in time to enjoy a delicious homemade dinner with friends.
Wednesday
Morning:   Because I have clinic today, my co-residents and the attendings on service help me triage my work so I can get out on time. I see some of my follow-up patients, including one with delirium that's finally waning with some environment changes and medical treatment.
Afternoon:   Clinic day! My clinic is at Harborview, and I grab a lunch before our case-load supervision. We then have seminar, where we discuss a specific chapter in our psychodynamic reading and then go over one of my co-resident's cases for good learning. I then have two appointments with my long-term therapy patients, who I've been seeing for a few months now. I'm still learning, but these sessions are starting to be really rewarding.
Evening:   This evening I get to meet with some co-residents in a psychodynamics discussion group with a mentor. We talk (anonymously) about specific cases, about our challenges in the practice of psychiatry, and about our hopes for learning and growth growing forward.
Thursday
Morning:   Today is didactics day, and we have a session on CBT for insomnia, and then another which is a continuation of our brief analytic seminar, where we learn about object relations theory. I attend T-group before heading out for my weekly appointment with my off-site supervisor, where I discuss and learn from the therapy sessions I had with my patients yesterday.
Afternoon and evening:   Back at Harborview, the consults service has a new patient to evaluate for agitation. I'm able to sign out around 5pm and head home for a relaxing evening.
Friday
Morning and afternoon:   It's a busy day with a number of follow-ups and new patients to see, including a difficult case that requires a lot of collateral digging. However, I'm able finish my notes and updating sign out early enough to head out a little early to rest up before my call shift.
Evening:   I have a night shift at UW today, but it's home call, so I call the short call resident for sign-out a bit before 6pm. Overnight, I get called in for some evaluations in the ED, including two people that are admitted to the unit. The rest of the night I get a few pages here and there, but am grateful to get some sleep before signing out to the day call resident before 8am in the morning.
Saturday
Morning:   Even though I got some sleep last night, call sleep is never restful, so I shower and then get a post-call nap for a few hours.
Afternoon and evening:   After resting up, I'm ready to enjoy my day off, and I enjoy the Seattle weather, go out to a nice dinner with my partner and some friends, and then enjoy a late movie at Cinerama.

Clinical Rotations

2 months on Harborview consult/liaison

2 months on UW consult/liaison

1 month on VA consult/liaison

2 months on Harborview inpatient psychiatry

2 months on UW inpatient psychiatry

1 month on Seattle Children's inpatient psychiatry

1 month in Harborview psychiatry emergency services

1 month of research

6 weeks of night float


Career Goals

"I plan to work with child and adolescent disadvantaged populations and I see myself involved in the fields of trauma-focused psychotherapy and social justice/advocacy in order to carve out places for these kids that trauma, oppression and disparity have otherwise barred. I’m very interested in the ways community-building fosters relational resilience, and in the cultures and attitudes of healthcare professionals in psychiatry, and how these things can be bolstered and fostered in order to minimize harm and maximize help to our patients."

Average Weekly Hours

  • 50-60hrs

Night and Weekend Duty

R2s at our program complete a total of 6 weeks of night float, which includes 5 nights per week of 14hour home call shifts covering UW or VA hospitals. We also have scattered call shifts throughout the year on Friday nights, and Sat/Sun days or nights -- these occur about twice a month.

Resident Life
Ritika Batajoo
First Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I wanted to train at a large academic institution on the coast that emphasized community mental health and had a lot of research and fellowship opportunities; I visited Seattle and fell in love with the city and the program."

Education

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin Madison
MD/MPH: University of Wisconsin Madison

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Sleep in, make brunch at home, chat with my family on the phone.
Afternoon:   Drive to Alki beach with friends, and spend the day painting, hiking, and hanging out.
Evening:   Dinner and drinks on a friend’s rooftop, brief chart review on my patients.
Monday
Morning:   Get sign-out at 7:30am, multidisciplinary team meeting, round on inpatients at Harborview.
Afternoon:   Write notes, noon lecture and journal club, then facilitate a family meeting, short call.
Evening:   Make dinner, chat on the phone with a friend, and watch an episode of Black Mirror.
Tuesday
Morning:   Early morning supervision, get sign-out at 7:30am, multidisciplinary team meeting, then round on inpatients at Harborview
Afternoon:   Write notes, go to a meeting to discuss global health research options.
Evening:   Go to the movies to see Black Panther.
Wednesday
Morning:   Get sign-out at 7:30am, multidisciplinary team meeting, round on inpatients at Harborview.
Afternoon:   Write notes, follow-up with patients.
Evening:   Go to a fitness class, cook dinner and do some light reading.
Thursday
Morning:   Get sign-out at 7:30am, multidisciplinary team meeting, round on inpatients at Harborview.
Afternoon:   Noon talk, didactics, and T-group.
Evening:   Happy hour then RuPaul drag show with my co-residents.
Friday
Morning:   Get sign-out at 7:30am, multidisciplinary team meeting, round on inpatients at Harborview.
Afternoon:   Write notes, noon lecture, follow-up with patients, teach medical students.
Evening:   Paint night at a friend’s apartment then see Trevor Noah at the Paramount.
Saturday
Morning:   Fitness class, then make brunch at home.
Afternoon:   Go to March for our Lives and listen to a lot of moving speeches about gun violence.
Evening:   Dinner at my favorite international tapas restaurant with a friend visiting Seattle.

 

Clinical Rotations

UW Psychiatry (2.5 months)
Harborview Psychiatry (3.5 months)
Harborview Internal Medicine (1 month)
Pediatric Neurology (1 month)
Emergency Medicine (1 month)
UW Neurology (1 month) Pediatrics (1 month)
VA Internal Medicine (1 month)

Career Goals

“I am interested in working with low income communities and increasing access to mental health care both locally and internationally, but I am still figuring out how I can be most impactful."

Average Weekly Hours

On service: ~ 45-50 hours per week
Off service: ~ 65-80 hours per week

 

Night and Weekend Duty

On Psychiatry, I had either a weekend day or night shift about once a month. During off-service months, call shifts can range from 28hr shifts every few days to several night float shifts per month depending on which service you are on at the time.


Resident Life
Uday Aloka
Third Year Resident
Idaho Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

I was impressed by the UW Psychiatry/Idaho track during the application process as it gives a unique opportunity to be trained and practice in two different populations and environments (Seattle and Boise). On the interview day, I was so impressed how the staff and faculty were laid back, supportive and organized. I liked the academic structure of the program with special focus on protected time for didactics and self-wellbeing. Regarding career goals, UW psychiatry has amazing fellowship opportunities that meet all my fellowship ambitions. After two years as a resident in UW psychiatry, I loved it even more and I’m happy I matched here. Honestly, it was an easy decision from my side to make the chocie to go with UW Psychiatry/ Idaho track.

Education

M.D., Mosul College of Medicine

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Waking up early to watch a soccer match in La Liga (Spanish soccer league). Fan of Barcelona and Messi. Breakfast with family.
Afternoon:   Bike with the kids to a nearby park. Play some soccer.
Evening:   Back home for dinner, some rest and bedtime story.
Monday
Morning:   VA continuity clinic. Glad to serve our veterans.
Afternoon:   Group psychotherapy elective. Great opportunity to have experience with how effective is group psychotherapy in treating mental health illnesses.
Evening:   Dinner with family and help kids with homework. Bedtime story for kids.
Tuesday
Morning:   Idaho Department of Correction, MAX prison elective. Great learning experience. It gives better understanding of what patients go through in prison, so I can serve them better when they are back to the community.
Afternoon:   Idaho Department of Correction MAX prison continued
Evening:   Gym for 1hr. Work on a presentation for grand round.
Wednesday
Morning:   Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) Clinic. Huge learning from big diverse population. I like to work with refugees and new comers who likely had no access to mental health in their home country and refugee camps!
Afternoon:   Attending room elective at FMRI. Working with family medicine residents and attendings as a psychiatry consultant to help manage patients on complicated treatment regimens.
Evening:   Some relaxation time at home after dinner. Reading- Hold me Tight by Sue Johnson- for the next day psychotherapy didactics.
Thursday
Morning:   Supervision and Didactics.
Afternoon:   Lunch with other psychiatry residents. Psychotherapy seminar and Cohort group.
Evening:   Picking up my mother from the airport. Plans for dinner with her at home. Kids are excited to have grandma back home!
Friday
Morning:   2P inpatient psychiatry at Boise VA hospital, elective. Nice refresher of inpatient psychiatry before graduation. I enjoy teaching medical students.
Afternoon:   2P inpatient psychiatry at Boise VA continued.
Evening:   Watching Disney movie with kids. Tonight’s movie is Frozen. This is the 3rd time I have seen it with them.
Saturday
Morning:   Breakfast with family in the backyard. Prepare for a picnic to Lucky Peak Park
Afternoon   Enjoy barbecuing and summer time with family. I like to try new middle eastern recipes. S’mores for kids.
Evening   Kids want to stay until sunset! Head back home for rest and bedtime story.

Clinical Rotations

Outpatient Continuity Clinic Sites: VA Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), Boise States University

Addiction Psychiatry Rotation: VA Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program RSAT

Forensic Psychiatry Rotation: Idaho State Department of Corrections

Outpatient Psychiatry Consults: St. Alphonsus Tele Psychiatry Clinic, FMRI Psychiatry Assessment Clinic (FMRI PAC)

Inpatient Psychiatry Consults: St. Luke’s Consult team

Electives: Sleep medicine at St. Alphonsus. PTSD residential program. 2P inpatient psychiatry at Boise VA. Forensic psychiatry. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) at Boise VA. The program is supportive if you want to create a new elective (all you need is a supervisor with goals and objectives of the elective).

Career Goals

"Not fully decided yet. Plans include doing fellowship training in Addiction Psychiatry and then return to Idaho vs staying in Boise and practice general psychiatry with focus on PTSD and addiction. Job opportunities in Idaho are amazing!"

Average Weekly Hours

40-45 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

None required by the program. There are many moonlighting opportunities in the area; I’m in the process of preparing to do moonlighting for one weekend per month (you can do more if interested).


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